Venables began initially in 1960 his career as a professional footballer and joined this FC Chelsea. There he completed more than 200 games before then in 1966 moved to Tottenham Hotspur. Three years later he moved to the Queens Park Rangers before he then Crystal Palace later his football career ended after his transfer in 1974 little. In the England team Venables was used in two games.
After finishing his career Venables took over as coach at Crystal Palace and led the club from the Third Division with two ascents in three seasons in 1979 in the First Division. He was able to earn with the team in the first season, a mid-table and moved in 1980 to the Queens Park Rangers, with whom he could also rise in 1983 in the elite class and achieved a surprisingly good fifth place in the immediately following season. He also led the Rangers in 1982 as a second division side in the final of the FA Cup, which he losing to Tottenham Hotspur in a replay.
His success as a coach now attracted to even top European clubs and Venables moved in 1984 to the Spanish club FC Barcelona, where he was nicknamed El Tel. During his three seasons in Catalonia, he won a Spanish Cup and a League Cup, losing in the final of the European Cup of Champions, the first after the disaster at Heysel Stadium, on penalties to Steaua Bucharest. In September 1987 Venables was dismissed after a second year in a row without winning the championship.
The following month he returned to England to take care of Tottenham Hotspur. In north London, he came to changeable success, where he usually occupy only a mid-table with the club in the Championship, but it was able to win the FA Cup in 1991. After a dispute with the club owner Alan Sugar, which consisted in sporting matters on a decision right Venables 1993, in the evening against local rivals Arsenal, terminated before the FA Cup semi-final. In the aftermath Venables began to expand its broad business activities in a variety of levels.
After the crisis came to a head in the England team in 1993 under Graham Taylor, the voices were increasing that Venables a suitable candidate with enough charisma was to give the team new strength. At the same time, however, Venables was due to some of its stores in the review, so that the FA appointed after a futile search for alternatives, Venables only to a team leader and not for the English coach. He celebrated his biggest success then during the 1996 European Championship on home soil. There, he managed the team to lead to a 4-1 victory over the Netherlands, one of the world's best teams at this time. Only in the semi-finals, where the team lost to Germany on penalties, England was eliminated.
Shortly after Venables was made redundant due to its business, and later became first counselor and then president of FC Portsmouth. He left the club again after disagreements both on and off the court and trained in this period parallel the Australian national team. Here he managed to win in the Oceania Federation, however, failed to qualify for the World Cup playoff against Iran due to less geschossener away goals after they had already led 2-0 in the second leg.
In 1998, Venables was sentenced in accordance with paragraph 8 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act of 1986 to a seven -year ban and could not assume a representative office in a society at this time. At the same time, he briefly returned to Crystal Palace, then to stay away from football for a long time.
The relegation-threatened Middlesbrough FC undertook Venables in 2000 as Kotrainer of strong standing in the review Bryan Robson. The league was secured with a 14th place in the final table. As Venables stay in Teesside but did not agree with his business and media activities, he left the club in 2001. Subsequently, Venables joined as coach in July 2002 at the club Leeds United. By December of the same year, the club resigned from the League Cup and the UEFA Cup and was in the middle of the table. After Leeds was due to financial problems in a downward spiral of sporty decline and lack of income in an expensive squad, many valuable players left the club. Due to this development Venables could not prevent the decline and resigned in March 2003.
Then Venables was traded as technical director of the Newcastle United Jets, who should play in the starting in 2005 Australian A-League. However, Venables rejected the commitment from due to his business commitments in the UK.
Until 22 November 2007 he was under Steve McClaren assistant coach of the English national team. Together with Steve McClaren he was dismissed because of failing to qualify for Euro 2008.
On March 28, 2012 Venables was appointed technical adviser to the ninth tier FC Wembley. His commitment was made possible by a sponsor. He should get as far as possible with the club at the next FA Cup.
- In 2002, Venables took, together with the band Rider, a single titled Crazy England for the World Cup on and came up with No. 45 of the British charts.
- In addition to its wide-spread business interests Venables was co -author with four novels by Gordon Williams, while also co-wrote the detective series Hazell on the transmitter ITV
- Venables is often active as a football expert for ITV.
- Prior to the 2010 World Cup Venables took with orchestra a version of Elvis songs If I Can Dream as a charity single, which reached # 23 in the UK charts.
- Spanish Champion: 1985
- Spanish League Cup winners: 1986
- FA Cup Winners: 1967 ( against Chelsea ), 1991 ( against Nottingham Forest )
- English League Cup winners: 1965 ( against Leicester City )
- Charity Shield Winners: 1968